Jerusalem Post cartoonist Yaakov Kirschen, creator of Dry Bones, Israel’s longest-running comic strip, has announced the launch of The Dry Bones Passover Haggada project on Kickstarter, the world’s largest crowd-funding platform for creative projects.

Kirschen hopes to raise $5,000 to create the new Haggada.

“The Passover Haggada is the story of the birth of the Jewish people, the exodus from the land of Egypt, and our relationship to the Land of Israel, so it’s a natural fit for Dry Bones,” Kirschen said. “Even the first identifiably Jewish joke can be found in the story of the Exodus: ‘Are there no graves in Egypt, that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness?’ Exodus 14:11,” he said.

Creating a Dry Bones Haggada has been a long-held dream for Kirschen.

“I always thought of it as a personal project and so it got put on hold, time and time again. Then I saw that this year could be ‘different from all other years,’ the year that I would fulfill my dream. I could use Kickstarter to reach out globally to fans of Dry Bones to make the Haggada a reality. The Jewish community is spread out across the world but we’re all on the Internet.”

Funding through Kickstarter works on an all-or-nothing basis. Project creators set a funding goal and deadline.

Interested funders pledge money; if the project reaches its goal, the backers’ credit cards are charged. If the project falls short, no one is charged. If successful, the backers are rewarded for their pledges, no matter how small.

The Dry Bones Passover Haggada project will close on November 16.

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